WBC Prez Clarifies Position on Banning Fathers as Trainers

By Ryan Burton

In early September WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said that the sanctioning body was conducting an ongoing pilot program, doing interviews and gathering data - following a proposal made during the WBC's Miami convention, regarding parents in the corner of a fighter as chief seconds.

The WBC has concerns over a potential mental conflict, where a fighter will continue to push himself - even with their health at risk - because their parent is in the corner.

In a recent conversation with, Sulaiman clarified the organization's stance when asked what would happen to fighters such as Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter who have been trained by their fathers for their entire lives.

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Other fighters who were trained by their fathers for long periods of time - include Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley, Vasyl Lomachenko, Zab Judah, and several others.

"That is a situation that we cannot be unfair and we cannot interfere in a fighter's career. Both Porter and Garcia have been trained by their fathers since they were kids. Our point is to make a long term resolution because some of the tragedies that have happened in the ring - most of them have happened with the father in the corner," Sulaiman told

"When you have your father looking after you on a soccer field, in school, in dance, whatever you do in life - you feel much pressure as a kid. You don't want to let down your father so fighters will go into inhumane situations because of the pressure of having the father in the corner.  It is something that we have been studying. We are doing interviews and research and it is just a situation that we are looking at."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 09-28-2018

this would be a silly ruling, but this guy is a genuine tool so wouldn't put it past him

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-27-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;19145673]This a link to an article I first read a couple of years ago. It used to have a table comparing deaths and injuries in boxing to those in other sports. The table is gone now, but this an extract…

Comment by kafkod on 09-27-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19145292]I definitely don't believe boxing is one of the safest of all sports. Most of the stats I've seen about how dangerous or safe a sport in don't even take into account how many people are competing only the…

Comment by iamboxing on 09-27-2018

Trying to show the WBC is sensitive and progressive.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-27-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;19144964] Statistically, boxing is alrady one of the safest of all sports. But I guess that's because a certain degree of injury is inevitable in a sport which involves highly trained athletes punching each other in the head for long…

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